Alroy Or The Prince Of The Captivity by Benjamin Disraeli

By Benjamin Disraeli

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With the clang of universal chaos, impenetrable darkness descended on the desert. CHAPTER V. Lord Honain Rescues Alroy NOW our dreary way is over, now the desert's toil is past. Soon the river broadly flowing, through its green and palmy banks, to our wearied limbs shall offer baths 'which caliphs cannot buy. Allah-illah, Allah-hu. ' 'Blessed the man who now may bear a relic from our Prophet's tomb; blessed the man who now unfolds the treasures of a distant mart, jewels of the dusky East, and silks of farthest Samarcand.

God has sent him to me. ' 'We have none,' said the servant. 'Walk, Abdallah,' said the master. 'Is a true believer to walk to save the life of a Kourd? Master slipper-bearer shall answer for this, if there be any sweetness in the bastinado,' murmured Abdallah. The Armenian bled Alroy; the blood flowed slowly but surely. The Prince of the Captivity opened his eyes. 'There is but one God,' exclaimed Ali. ' muttered Abdallah. The Armenian took a cordial from his vest, and poured it down his patient's throat.

Honain, beckoning to Alroy to accompany him, but still silent, advanced to a small portal, and knocked. It was instantly opened by a single Nubian, who bowed reverently as the visitors passed him. They proceeded along a low and gloomy passage, covered with arches of fretwork, until they arrived at a door of tortoise-shell and mother-of-pearl. ' The door opened, and they found themselves in a vast and gorgeous hall. [23] Around a fountain, which rose fifty feet in height from an immense basin of lapis-lazuli, and reclining on small yellow Barbary mats, was a group of Nubian eunuchs, dressed in rich habits of scarlet and gold,[24] and armed with ivory battle-axes, the white handles worked in precious arabesque finely contrasting with the blue and brilliant blades.

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